Advice for Learning at Home
Ms. Hecht's advice for learning instrumental music from home:
- Set up your practice space carefully. It probably feels like there are a lot of people in your house right now! If you can, find a quiet place without distractions.
- Use a music stand (and if you play violin, viola, or bass, STAND while you practice!) If you would like to buy one and you need advice, send Ms. Hecht an email!
- Practice with a friend over video chat! It can be tricky to play together because of delays in the connection, but you can take turns playing for each other and giving advice!
- If you are working in our book, use the EEi app! See the EE Interactive page of this website to get started.
- Before you work on concert music, warm up first using scales and long bows.
- P R A C T I C E S L O W L Y
- Focus on a single measure or line that is giving you trouble.
- If you're stuck, play through a passage using just your left hand (without making any sound).
- Play something fun at the end of your practice time.
- When you feel ready, play for an audience! Get your family together and play a mini concert for them!
...and most importantly:
- Don't panic! Take a breath and remember 2 things: you know how to do this, and you can always ask Ms. Hecht for help! I'm just an email away!